State Ferry Malaspina Will Make First Call Here Next Wednesday
Jan. 18, 1963, Petersburg Press
Alaska's first new state ferry, the MV Malaspina, will arrive in Petersburg next Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock with Captain Rueben Jacobsen on the bridge and Alaska's Governer Wm. Egan heading the passenger list. According to Eldor Lee, local agent for the ferry system, the vessel will take any passengers or vehicles wishing to go north. From here the vessel goes to Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway.
Governer Egan is scheduled to represent the state in Seattle Monday and take possession of the 352-foot blue and gold vessel for the marine transportation division from the builder, Puget Sound Bridge and Dry Dock Co.
On its way north the vessel will cover all Southeastern Alaska ports and take passengers to the governor's inaugural program in Juneau. After the inaugural the ship will cover all ports taking the visitors home. All other travelers are welcome, of course. On the southbound trip, after the inaugural, the Malaspina will stop in Petersburg Tuesday January 29, at 5 p.m., and stay in port until the next morning at 3:45. While here visitors will be welcome aboard to inspect the ferry.
Allan Hatherly, project engineer for Midwest Construction Co., building the ferry terminal here, reported to the Press that the company had its first truck on the ferry ramp approach yesterday so the terminal will be usable on the vessel's the first trip.
Petersburg's Mayor Andrew Wikan plans to make the first trip to Juneau on the ferry. No reservations are necessary for traveling on the ferry. Others planning to go to Juneau are Mr. and Mrs. Arne Trones.
Eldor Lee and other teminal managers are expected to meet in Juneau today for an orientation session then return to their posts in time to meet the vessel on its first trip.